Bigfoot Networks originally released the Killer NIC M1 and K1 models in 2006, with the suped-up network cards getting some major attention in 2007. Mid-2009, Bigfoot Networks released the Killer Xeno Pro, a slimmed down version of the first generation models, both in size and extra features. It didn’t stop there, though. Bigfoot Network released May 11, 2010 the Killer 2100 Gaming Network Card. This new version focuses on the core features at the heart of the idea of a network processing unit: offloading and acceleration. ThinkComputers measures up the Killer 2100 in this extensive review. Read on for more information, pictures, and benchmarks.
QNAP’s network attached storage devices are known for stability, versatile features, and great support from the few-year-old Taiwanese company. This time around, we’re reviewing TS-439U-RP, a 1U rackmount, dual power supply, dual NIC, dual OS, and four bay NAS aimed at the small business and corporate sector. It can serve up files via SMB, AFP, NFS, FTP, and a variety of other alphabet-soup protocols. It can stream audio and video to gaming consoles, backup to cloud services, and so much more. ThinkComputers has the review.
As the price of home networking equipment falls, manufacturers are looking to include features which separate their product from the rest of the pack. Many routers include at least one USB port these days because of this. This USB port is generally used for either a printer or some kind of storage device, such as an external hard drive or flash drive. The ASUS RT-N13U is one such device. It unifies 802.11n wireless with a 10/100 switch and a lone USB port, which ASUS thinks your all-in-one printer would love. ThinkComputers reviews the ASUS RT-N13U wireless router.
Gamers like three things in their devices: functionality, speed, and bling. The D-Link DGL-4500 Xtreme N Gaming Router has all three. This excellently assembled and configured wireless networking unit offers the configurability a power user would expect from a high end router, the speed of gigabit Ethernet on the LAN and 802.11N on the WLAN, and the bling of a statistics-heavy LCD on the top of the unit. ThinkComputers has the review…
ThinkComputers has an outstanding appreciation for QNAP’s network attached storage devices. We really liked the TS-109 Pro and TS-209 Pro II, and recommended highly the TS-409U rackmount unit. QNAP’s back with the TS-809 Pro, an eight bay tower NAS with dual Ethernet interfaces, five USB ports, and a serial and VGA port. This beast sports a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 2 GB of DDR2 RAM, plus a feature new to QNAP’s devices: PC-less installation. ThinkComputers has the review.
Storage device maker Synology introduced the DS-409+ a few months ago into a market filled with competitors. The NAS sector is booming right now as small businesses and even home users are realizing the benefits of a NAS: less power draw, persistent backup, media services, and compact units. The DS-409+, as the name alludes, is a business-class four-bay device ready to serve up a variety of protocols, services, and other devices to a network. ThinkComputers checks it out in this review.
ASUS is making a name for itself these days. Everyone knows about the ultrapopular EeePC netbooks, and ASUS has always been a top motherboard, video card, and sound card manufacturer. Let us not forget ASUS’s networking division and its excellent, inexpensive wireless routers. Our January 2007 review of the WL-500W was featured on the front page of Digg, and our March 2008 review of the WL-520GU had a lot of traffic, as well. ASUS submitted for review the RT-N15, a 300 Mbps 802.11n-capable unit featuring gigabit Ethernet, as well as green ports for power efficiency. ThinkComputers has the review.
Linksys’s WRT54G is a staple in the wireless router market. The WRT150N is the 802.11n successor to that well-known 802.11g router. In fact, the WRT150N is virtually the same as later revisions of the WRT54G, except with the addition of draft 802.11n compatibility, boosting wireless speeds up to 108 Mbps. Let’s see what this Wireless N Router can do as we check it out in this review.
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